Merzie Khalitova: Symphony No. 3 “Dedication”

Merzie Khalitova

Merzie Khalitova (b. 1956) is an Uzbekistan-born Ukrainian composer of Crimean Tatar origin. Her mother taught geography and her father was an economic planner. In 1982 she graduated from the Tashkent State Conservatory of Music in the class of composition by Mirsadik Tadzhiyev and Georgiy Mushel. Upon graduation she taught composition at the Special Music…

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Vitaliy Hubarenko: Chamber Symphony for Violin and Orchestra No. 1

Vitaliy Hubarenko

Vitaliy Serhiyovych Hubarenko (Ukrainian: Віталій Сергійович Губаренко) (13 June 1934, Kharkiv – 5 April 2000, Kyiv) was a Ukrainian composer. He graduated from Kharkiv Conservatory in 1960 (where he studied under Dmitri Klebanov). He was awarded the Ostrovsky Prize in 1967, and the Taras Shevchenko Prize in 1984. His first opera, Zahybel’ eskadry (‘The Destruction…

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Aleksandr Shymko: Dreams of an Old Forest

Aleksandr Shymko

Aleksandr Shymko (b. 1977) is a Ukrainian composer and pianist who was born in the town of Borshchiv in the Ternopil region of Ukraine. He graduated from the Chernivtsi Music School in the western Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi as a pianist. In 1998 he studied composition under Yuri Ischenko at the Kyiv Conservatory, graduating in…

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Iryna Kyrylina: Zapalyu svichu

Iryna Kyrylina

Iryna Kyrylina (25 March 1953 – 4 September 2017) was a Ukrainian composer. She was born in Dresden, Germany, and studied with R.I. Vereschagin at the Kiev Musical College, and with M.V. Dremlyuga at the Kiev Conservatory, graduating in 1977. After completing her studies, she taught at a Kiev Music School and directed children’s choirs.…

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Alexander Krasotov: Rhythmotecture

Alexander Krasotov

Alexander Krasotov (Олександр Олександрович Красотов; 5 May 1936  Odessa – 5 October 2007  Tianjin, China) was a Ukrainian composer and laureate of many national and international prizes. He attended the Odessa State A. V. Nezhdanova Conservatory (now Odessa State A. V. Nezhdanova Music Academy), studying composition with Tamara Sidorenko, piano with B. Charkovs’kyi, and musicology with…

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Lesia Dychko: Slava

Lesia Dychko

Lesia Dychko (b. 1939) is one of Ukraine’s most significant composers of choral music although she has created music is a wide range of idioms including two operas, four ballets, and numerous chamber works as well as the symphony Pryvitannia zhyttia (Welcoming Life) for soprano, bass, and chamber orchestra, based on the words of the imagist poet Bohdan…

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Svyatoslav Lunyov: Tristium (I, II, III)

Svyatoslav Lunyov (b. 1964 in Kiev, Ukraine) began his music education at the age of seventeen when he discovered the world of classical music. In 1986, he received a degree in engineering and was subsequently was recruited to serve in the military in Hungary for two years. In 1988, at the age of twenty four,…

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Yevhen Stankovych: Ukrainian Poem

Yevhen Stankovych

Yevhen Stankovych (born September 19, 1942) is a contemporary Ukrainian composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, and choral works whose music has been performed around the globe. Among his composition teachers were two of Ukraine’s most significant 20th century composers–Boris Lyatoshynsky and Myroslav Skoryk–with whom he studied at the Kyiv Conservatory from 1965 to 1970. He has…

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Galina Grigorjeva : Salve regina

Galina Grigorjeva

Galina Grigorjeva, born in 1962 in Crimea, Ukraine, and now living in Estonia, has garnered international appreciation for the remarkably subtle and animated melodic style of her music. Her compositions are tightly linked to Slavonic sacred music as well as early European polyphony. Grigorjeva “orchestrates” polyphony with remarkable skill and grace, creating meaningful and beautiful…

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Stefania Turkevych: String Quartet

Stefania Turkevych

Stefania Turkewich (1898-1977), Ukraine’s first successful female composer, was also a pianist and musicologist. As a musicologist, she studied with Guido Adler in Vienna, and for her dissertation on the topic of Ukrainian folklore in Russian operas she received a doctorate in musicology in 1934 from the Ukrainian Free University in Prague. As a composer,…

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